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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Hubble Images Become Tactile 3-D Experience for the Blind
Below is some of the text from an article posted on the NASA Hubble Space Telescope site on the use of 3-D printing to produce tactile 3-D astronomical images for the blind and visually impaired:
"Three-dimensional printers are transforming the business, medical, and
consumer landscape by creating a vast variety of objects, including
airplane parts, football cleats, lamps, jewelry, and even artificial
"Now astronomers Carol Christian and Antonella Nota
of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., are
experimenting with the innovative technology to transform astronomy
education by turning images from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope into
tactile 3-D pictures for people who cannot explore celestial wonders by
sight. The 3-D print design is also useful and intriguing for sighted
people who have different learning styles, said the researchers.
Christian and Nota admit their task is a challenge because astronomers
really can't see space objects in three dimensions."